Special Report

Most Dangerous Cities in the World

Acapulco, Mexico
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2. Acapulco, Mexico
> Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 111
> Homicides in 2018: 948
> Population: 857,883

Tijuana may have been the murder capital of Mexico last year, but the touristic western port city of Acapulco has been the most or second most dangerous Mexican city every year since 2013, the first year of this report. Acapulco has racked up a significantly higher body count over the years than other Mexican cities on this list, with homicides rates of between 104 and 113 murders per 100,000 residents in each of the past six years.

Tijuana, Mexico
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1. Tijuana, Mexico
> Homicides per 100,000 in 2018: 138
> Homicides in 2018: 2,640
> Population: 1,909,424

This Mexican border city 15 miles south of downtown San Diego has long been one of Mexico’s most violent cities. But even by murder-capital standards, Tijuana has an extremely high murder rate, with no signs of the killings abating. Already, 2019 kicked off with three murders on New Year’s Eve. The city’s homicide rate jumped from roughly 100 murders per 100,000 residents in 2017 to 138 per 100,000 in 2018.